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Old 05-03-2006, 12:08 AM - Thread Starter
 
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....so got the kids colds look at, just to make sure they don't have Broncitis like me(they don't) and the doc notices they round patches on baby, I say"oh the other doc said that ezema" strip baby down, yes he has ezema but these few patches are ringworm. WTF Asked him how baby would get that, askes me if we have a cat, I say yes but she is outside only and has never been around baby. So he never gave me an answer. So mama's how could me Ds 7 months have gotten ring worm? We have no animals in house, only have a outside cat, do not live on a farm, he had never been around animals(I know it is not actually worms) Big brother 5 does not have it , or me or DH either.
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Still could have gotten it from the cat. Outside or not..
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I dont have an answer, other than to say that I have heard cats too.

My babe got it at around 9 months, i kinda freaked out , but then read up that its a fungus easily treatable with OTC antifungal cream, grapefruit seed extract or vitamin e. I also read to try to keep the area clean and dry and to launder all babies clothes and bedding very well.

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Still could have gotten it from the cat. Outside or not..
Ok but how if he has not been around it and the cat has not been in the house since before he was born?, please explain if you can.
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fungal spores causing ringworm can exist in the enviroment for years if given the right conditions or someone could have given the cat a scratch before coming in the house and then touched dc. children tend to be more susceptible to ringworm than adults.
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Has he been in contact with anybody else who may have had it? A friend at a playgroup? Another family member?
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Has he been in contact with anybody else who may have had it? A friend at a playgroup? Another family member?
No, Maybe the girl i baby sit she goes to Preschool, I don't think she has it but maybe some one can carry it and not get it?
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DH had ringworm as a kid, and they didn't have a cat at all. He never knew how he got it; I'm not really sure it matters. It's not a gross-to-get disease with a judgment on it (like me having scabies TWICE in my life), it's just a fungus.

FIL had DH coat his spots with vitamin E oil for a few days, and that got rid of it. By the way.
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Soil. Any soil.
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When I was teaching, the kids used to get ringworm from the sand in the playground. They used to come and chemically treat the sand to get rid of the spores once a year. (I think the chemical treatment was probably worse than the ringworm, but the parents and other teachers didn't agree with me.)

I got ringworm from my neighbor's dog, while I was pregnant.

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Ringworm is a form of yeast, so if your baby has had any sort of yeast infection (thrush, yeast diaper rash), it could be from that. I had a horrible systemic yeast infection after my boys were born (thrush, vaginal yeast, and ringworm on my breasts), and the ringworm was the least bothersome form of yeast I had. It is not really contagious (at least, the doctors told me not to worry about spreading it to my babies, who never got it despite the fact that it was on my breasts, where they spent lots of time), and goes away quickly with anti-fungal cream (i.e. lotrimin AF--though I'm not sure if this is safe for use on babies).

But, anyway, yeast is everywhere, so I don't think it's possible to know where your baby got it from, nor does it really matter. Maybe try giving him some probiotics to boost his immune system and ensure that there's no yeast overgrowth going on in his intestines.

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Years ago I got ringworm from cutting my arm up on a barbwire fence. Nasty stuff.

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You can "carry" ringworm and pass it on without ever having the characteristic ringworm rash yourself.

My DH had it once very badly and would not believe my diagnosis, so it spread to every limb and his trunk before he allowed me to treat it! I am a chiropractor and have seen ringworm clinically quite a bit, but DH would not believe me- he had to have his father, a medical doctor, tell him that yes, it was indeed ringworm!

Anyway, there is no possible way I could not have come in contact with it when DH had it all over his body! Yet, I never got it. It depends on how strong your immune system is and how it reacts.

BelgianSheep Dog is right. SOIL is a common culprit.
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it's weird - i'm still trying to figure out how ds got impetigo at 7.5 mos. - he's not in daycare and not around other children...
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From using someone else's diaper changing area.
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This does not mean that we are dirty people or anything does it? I consider myself very clean.
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This does not mean that we are dirty people or anything does it? I consider myself very clean.
Not at all! Anyone can get ringworm...just like athlete's foot or pink eye or the common cold. It's out there in the world and getting it doesn't really have much to do with personal cleanliness.

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Not at all! Anyone can get ringworm...just like athlete's foot or pink eye or the common cold. It's out there in the world and getting it doesn't really have much to do with personal cleanliness.
Thanks!! Speaking of pinkeye LOL ds1 has it.
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